Debate over how best to manage dry eye disease

Debate over how best to manage dry eye disease

A multi-disciplinary discussion will take place at the BCLA’s Visionaries Conference as part of a drive to bring together the optometry profession and formulate a strategy to better manage dry eye disease. Consultant ophthalmologist and BCLA council member Professor Teifi James will chair the debate, exploring how health care professionals can best work together to optimise patient quality of life by improving the management of dry eye.

Professor James said: “I’m excited to be involved with this unique collaborative debate and look forward to a wide-ranging and informative conversation which should provide us with an overview of opinions and attitudes from diverse health professionals and help us understand how to develop a better patient pathway for the future management of dry eye disease. The past 10 years have seen a considerable rise in awareness of DED across the UK and the rest of the world, with clinical care provided by a wide range of health professionals. While greater awareness is to be welcomed, it brings with it a new set of potential problems, with many individuals now in a position to self-diagnose and use supermarkets, pharmacies, opticians and online outlets to purchase products with little or no clinical guidance. As eye-care health professionals, we all need to understand the different mechanisms and treatment options for this common disease. We need to provide evidence-based definitions and a contemporary classification for DED. We are getting there and I am confident this debate will be a milestone on our journey.”

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Topic: Optical News